Around the web…

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Here’s a quick look at some new coverage from our press event, as well as some other bits from around the web…

As reported on Kotaku, the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records Gamer’s Edition features a list of the Top 50 video game series as voted by the gaming public. The list includes both Fallout (#13) and The Elder Scrolls (#29) on their list. You can order the book at Amazon.com here.

PSX Extreme has their Gamer’s Day preview for RAGE up — here’s a snippet from

“When you step back and view it all as one project, Rage really looks very, very promising, and we should also mention that those who have seen it in action say it looks gorgeous. Lastly, the game has finally reached the point where it evidently runs just as well on the PS3 as it does on the 360 and PC…”

In other RAGE-related news, Chris Faylor at Shacknews talked with team members at id Software about cutscenes and the opening for RAGE, working with ZeniMax, the game’s post-apocalyptic setting, and more.

Meanwhile, new coverage for Fallout: New Vegas is up at IGN and MTV Multiplayer. The former shares five reasons to be excited about the game, while the latter features new tidbits revealed by Josh Sawyer.

Out of our European press event, we’ve got a pair of new Brink interviews for you to read. Games On Net chats with Senior Game Designer Ed Stern, while Paul Wedgwood is featured in an exclusive interview up at NowGamer. Additionally, you can read Inc Gamer’s preview here.

Rounding things out, Digitial Spy reveals that Rubi Malone was considered the Most Fanciable Female character in gaming — based on a survey My Voucher Codes. If you’re wondering why Raul the Ghoul from Fallout: New Vegas didn’t make the cut for the Most Fanciable Male character, it’s worth noting that only characters from released games were included.

New Vegas impressions and interviews (Updated)

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While Nick’s been tracking down coverage for RAGE and Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, I’ve been working through all the coverage out of our Paris/Las Vegas press events for Fallout: New Vegas.

Below is a video from G4TV.com, where Abbie Heppe and Adam Sessler discuss seeing New Vegas in action at our Gamers’ Day event.

For more preview coverage, hit the jump below…

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The Census Matters!

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Back in February, one of our most active Morrowind modders, Fliggerty, unveiled plans for a new modding website called the Morrowind Census and Excise Office. With the site’s launch today, you’ll be able to share stats and information for your character online (think Morrowind meets Facebook).

Here’s the steps you’ll want to follow to get your Morrowind player tracked online, as provided by Fliggerty:

Go to the GHF Census and Excise Office website and register for a new character. You are given a character ID, then you go play Morrowind. The mod setup process will ask you for this character ID, which it will use (obviously) to reference your character’s stats online. In the game you will be given a book, “Census Logs,” that you use to update certain bits of info about your character. You can set things like your current activity, current mood, etc. When you wish to upload your data to the CnE web site, all you do is save your game and then choose the upload option in the uploader program.”

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Sounds like a cool project.  The more people that participate, the more interesting the site will become. Won’t you join in on the fun?

Around the web

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With most of our department out on travel this week, Nick and I will be heading out in a few. But before we go, here’s some the latest we’ve seen around the web.

Brink Creative Director Richard Ham has been pretty busy with interviews as of late. This week he answered questions from UK site GamesTM, as well as a few community questions from Australian site Games On Net. Here’s an excerpt from the latter:

Otto-matic: If it is P2P, will you implement a strong localisation mechanism that makes it very unlikely for Australian gamers to suffer lag connecting to a US host?
Richard: On PC, we’re fully supporting a traditional dedicated server system so connections should be fine and dandy. For consoles, we’re peer-to-peer and are definitely focusing on quality of service for all our matchmaking. We’re also keying our matchmaking on friends, so that should help give console players control over the quality of the connections.

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Elder Scrolls modding interview: Darkrder

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We return this week with a new Elder Scrolls Modding Interview — this time with Nicholas “Cole” MacLean, or simply Darkrder, who manages the website TES Alliance. A writer by trade, Darkrder happens to be married to a member of the Bethesda forums, Ladyflcn, who helped him work on Temple of Five Lanterns — released last December. The couple live in St. Louis and are expecting their first child this coming Halloween.

How did you get involved with the Elder Scrolls modding community?

I joined the Elder Scrolls modding community completely by chance actually. I originally only played Oblivion on the Xbox 360 console. After some time in game, I noticed a lot of NPC chatter about dogs and owning dogs (of all things to notice) and I wondered if a canine companion was some element of the game I had just missed or overlooked. So originally, I was just looking for a walkthrough or cheat guide that might tell me if that was possible. In a Google search I came up with a download link for a mod called Cheydinhal Petshop by Proudfoot. As I skimmed the page I saw all these mods that were free and it was some pretty cool stuff. I found this community of regular jacks making game content to expand Oblivion on PC and I was fascinated.

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The First-Person Observer addresses age-old Elder Scrolls dilemma

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Ever wonder what the shopkeepers of Tamriel do with the metric tons of armor you sell them? The first edition of The First-Person Observer answers this question, and more.

The Observer is the latest site designed by friend of the Bethblog Christopher Livingston. You might remember Livingston as the man behind Livin’ in Oblivion, an ambitious chronicle of the writer’s adventures in Oblivion as a hapless Nord named Nondrick. His latest outlet — delivered in the guise of an Onion-like digest — focuses on what Livingston does best: cheerfully satirizing video game devices.

I Don’t Know What I’ll Do With All This Used Armor I Keep Buying,” by simple-minded Innkeeper Bogrum Gro-Galash, explores the dark side of Oblivion’s planned economy. Give it a read here.

Around the web: New interviews for Hunted and Brink

Here’s a quick roundup on new interviews for both Hunted: The Demon’s Forge and Brink.

Yesterday GameTrailers.com posted a new interview with inXile’s Brian Fargo. Watch the embedded to learn more about Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

For Brink, Creative Director Richard Ham has been busy answering questions this week — with new interviews at HipHopGamerShow, NowGamer (who also have an all-new preview), Skewed & Reviewed, and IfMenHadWings.

If you fancy winning some prizes, IfMenHadWings has a contest to win a Brink poster… visit their site for more details. And on that note, April 15th is the final day to enter GameStop’s Brink Sweepstakes. Meanwhile, you’ve got until April 22nd to enter our Twitter/Facebook poster giveaway. Good luck!

Update: Gamasutra’s Chris Remo spent time talking about Hunted with inXile’s Brian Fargo during this year’s Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Read the interview here.

Three Deals for One Blog Post (Updated)

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Wanted to let you know about three promotions — two that are ongoing and one that kicks off on Monday.

At Prima Games website, the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Official Game Guide (or F3:GOTYEOGG, for short)  is the “Guide of the Week.” As such, you can purchase it for 50% off.

Elsewhere, Gamestop’s Game-Days Sale continues with Fallout 3 on sale for PS3 and 360 for $19.99.

Lastly, between April 12th – April 19th, Direct2Drive will have sales on two of our titles: Fallout 3 (sale price: $14.95) and Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth ($4.95). That’s savings of 50% and 83%, respectively.

As new deals emerge, we’ll keep you in the know… have a great weekend.

UPDATE: The Direct2Drive sale has begun — click here for Call of Cthulhu, and here for Fallout 3.

Around the web

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We’re back with another “Around the Web” with plenty of good stuff to check out.

This morning on Kotaku, I spotted this awesome Fallout 3 fan art bey Deviant Artist Patrick Brown. Looks like I’ve got a new desktop background. You can find more of Patrick’s work here. And if you’ve got artwork to contribute to the blog, send it in…we’ll be putting up new entries soon.

In other Fallout community news, we got an email letting us know about a song titled “Vault 101″ by Kirby Krackle. Head to their website to give it a listen (lyrics can be found here).

Moving to Brink news, IncGamers has a new online interview with Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood, Richard Ham, and Ed Stern. The interview covers the gamut: Splash Damage’s roots, their staff, and their plans and goals for Brink. Props to IncGamers for their clever edits.

Elsewhere, check out Girl Gamers UK preview on Brink..

Neilie Johnson of GameShark has posted her impressions of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. Head here to read the full preview, but first, here’s a snippet discussing some of the attacks you’ll have at your disposal:

“During the demo we were shown spells ‘Hellfire’, which shot a big ol’ fireball, and ‘Levitate’, which rendered enemies helpless by lifting them off the ground. We were also shown a co-operative mechanic called ‘Battlecharge’, in which one character charged up another with spells, giving both of them more power.”

Finally, at this year’s MI6 awards for marketing, our promotional video for WET, “Shot at Love”, won a Silver award. Congrats to the marketing teams here at Bethesda and Ayzenberg for their work.

As more news comes in, we’ll keep you posted.

Inside the Vault: Obsidian’s Chris Avellone

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Q: What do transvestite dragons, Dodge Omnis and 32 ounce steaks have to do with Obsidian Entertainment?

A: They are all things closely related to esteemed Creative Director Chris Avellone.

Intrigued? Pull up a beanbag chair and prepare yourself — and your beef — for an Avellone assault in our latest Inside the Vault Q&A session.

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